2369 Elvis Presley Blvd
Dr. Charles A. Champion
Dr. Charles A. Champion, better known as the herbal pharmacist, fuses modern pharmacy with his belief in the healing powers of herbs. He is the owner of Champion’s Pharmacy and Herb Store on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee.
A graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, La., Dr. Champion spent two years in Germany as a pharmacist for the United States Army before returning to work in the pharmacy at John Gaston Hospital, where he spent 12 years. He then worked as a pharmacist at a chain drugstore for an additional 12 years before opening his own pharmacy in 1981. After 10 years of business, Dr. Champion bought his own land and building. The 2,900-square-foot location was designed to include a large herb shop along with a regular pharmacy, an area for receiving and fulfilling Internet orders, a counseling room for patients, and a compounding room.
Dr. Champion also manages a successful mail-order herbal product business. He has received many prestigious awards: the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service by a pharmacist, and the 1987 Pharmacist of the Year Award. He also received the Dr. Henry L. Starks Distinguished Service Award; the Outstanding Achievement in Health Profession Award, presented by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; and the Outstanding Service Award, presented by the National Pharmaceutical Association.
Dr. Charles A. Champion has over 59 years experience in Dermatological Compounding and a large selection of Natural Vitamins, Herbs, Homeopathics, Teas, Skin Products, Hormone Replacement, Men and Women Libido Products and other health care items.
Today, Champion says that alternative products make up approximately 65 percent of his profit. "The independents are still struggling. However, I don't consider myself in competition with the chain stores because my business is different. People still want the personal attention that we provide, and in some cases they are willing to come from miles away to get it," he said.